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Jakarta Post

Mixed results from Depok’s rice-free day

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 27 2013   /  12:31 pm

The Depok administration has claimed that the policy of reducing rice consumption has successfully cut 41 servings of rice from a civil servant’s diet in a whole year.

Mayor Nur Mahmudi Ismail evaluated on Tuesday the implementation of the One Day No Rice campaign, which he said had reduced rice consumption by 28 kilocalories per person since going into effect in February 2012.

An average serving of white rice, the main staple of the majority of Indonesians, contains 680 calories.

“The policy has instead increased the consumption of corn to 20 kilocaries per capita per day while cassava and other edible tubers are now 7 kilocalories per capita,” he said.

The policy has encouraged civil servants within the administration to change their main staple from rice to other carbohydrate sources on Tuesdays. It has also been applied in the canteens in municipali...